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Wallis Watkins

Any momentum to reach a budget deal in the House was lost on Monday. The body was set to vote on key tax and budget measures that had finally made it out of committee. But Speaker of the House Taylor Barras (R-New Iberia) told members he didn’t think the bills could pass the full House. 

Wallis Watkins

A deal is finally moving forward in the House to address the state’s looming billion-dollar budget shortfall. Key tax and budget measures were able to make it out of committee Sunday, but not without opposition. 

Wallis Watkins

Budget negotiations have hit another wall in the special session. This time in the House Health and Welfare committee. Members took up several bills Thursday that would reform the state’s Medicaid program. It's one of the demands from leaders in the House who say the state must find ways to spend less money. 

Wallis Watkins

Budget negotiations appear to have stalled following Wednesday’s meeting of House Ways and Means, when a republican-supported plan to raise revenue failed to make it out of committee. 

Wallis Watkins

Members of the House Ways and Means committee got right to work on Tuesday, looking at possible ways to increase revenue, as the state faces a budget shortfall. 

Devon Sanders / LSU Manship School News Service

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved creating a new website to make state spending more transparent despite concerns by the Edwards administration over the more than $700,000 cost.

Wallis Watkins

Gov. John Bel Edwards took to the House floor Monday evening to address members of both chambers. The Legislature is officially in a special session and has until March 7 to try and solve Louisiana's budget crisis. 

Wallis Watkins

The Senate Committee on Women and Children is taking a hard look at how the state handles sexual harassment. Sen. Regina Barrow says when it comes to training, there's no set standard.

Wallis Watkins

Legislators will start grappling with a $1 billion budget shortfall next week.

Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a republican from Slidell, says budgeting becomes even harder when certain accounts automatically get money — they call these dedicated funds. 

Wallis Watkins

Gov. John Bel Edwards has called legislators into a special session starting Monday to address the state's looming budget crisis. Come July 1, Louisiana is set to lose more than a billion dollars in revenue. 

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